Madeira to host 2021 Para Swimming Worlds

Tenth edition of the World Championships will be the first to take place in Portugal 13 Sep 2019
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IPC President Andrew Parsons with Portugal Para Swimming Team during the London 2019 Worlds
ⒸPaul Gregory
By World Para Swimming

The World Para Swimming Championships will head to Madeira in 2021. It will be the tenth edition of the competition and the first time it takes place in Portugal.

The Penteada Olympic Swimming Complex, located in the centre of Madeira’s capital Funchal, will play host to more than 600 swimmers and is familiar territory to many of them.

Built in 2004, the venue hosted the 2016 European Open Championships and will be home to the Euros again in May next year.

The Madeira 2021 Worlds is set to take place from 25 September to 1 October.

Andrew Parsons, President of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), said

“We are delighted to announce Madeira as hosts of the 2021 World Para Swimming Championships. The city and the region have long planned for this event and have set an important example to future hosts by first organising a regional competition before bidding for the Worlds. This is testimony to the development of Para swimming, and Para sports in general, in Portugal.” 

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Madeira's capital Funchal hosted the 2016 Euros and will host the 2020 Euros in May next year

Antonio Jose Silva, President of the Portuguese Swimming Federation (FPN), said:

“The FPN is very proud to be part of the process of development of Para swimming in Portugal, Europe and the world. Once again, together with the Regional Government of Madeira, the Municipal Chamber of Funchal and the Madeira Swimming Association, we will organise a major event. This time, a worldwide one. It will be a unique moment in sporting terms and also in terms of representation and inclusion through Para sport in a city and a country.”

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The Penteada Olympic Swimming Complex will be the venue of the 2021 Worlds

Tracy Glassford, World Para Swimming Senior Manager, said:

“The Portuguese Swimming Federation, Funchal and Madeira have been important partners of World Para Swimming for long time. Since they first bid for the European Championships almost five years ago, we have worked together to deliver major events and have witness their hard work and commitment to our sport. Madeira 2021 represents the beginning of a new cycle towards the Paris 2024 Paralympics and we are looking forward to a great Championships.”

Valetta, Malta, hosted the first Para Swimming Worlds back in 1994 with nearly 500 athletes from 44 countries. 

London, Great Britain, is currently hosting the World Para Swimming Allianz Championships which ends on Sunday with 650 participants from 80 nations.